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Nokutela Dube's headstone unveiled

Nokutela Dube is known as one of the founding mothers of the struggle against apartheid.

Nokutela Dube is known as one of the founding mothers of the struggle against apartheid.

BRIXTON - The family of the first African National Congress (ANC) presidents' wife Nokutela Dube gathered at her grave on Saturday to unveil her headstone at the Brixton cemetery in central Johannesburg.

Speakers at the ceremony described her as one of the founding mothers of the struggle against apartheid.

The singer travelled the United States and helped her husband John Dube raise funds for the development of schools and community projects in KwaZulu-Natal.

She died in 1917 but for decades the location of her grave site remained a mystery.

95 years after her death, Nokutela's relatives now know where her final resting place is.

Professor Cherief Keita from Carleton College in the United States said it took them two years to finalise the process of allocating her grave.

He said John's story could never be completed without the remains of his first wife, who equally contributed to the early days of the struggle against apartheid.

Members of Nokutela's family her and now that her grave has been found, more details about her have emerged.

Meanwhile, well-known apartheid-era politician Japi Basson will be laid to rest on Saturday at the Three Anchor Bay Dutch Reformed Church in Sea Point.

The 94-year-old passed away in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Basson was expelled from the National Party in 1959, for criticising Hendrik Verwoerd for wanting to abolish the existing black representation in parliament, as part of his homeland policy.

His daughter, Karo Wiese, said he will be deeply missed.

"He respected everyone, big and small. He fought for truth and he fought for the underdog."

"He was not afraid to live and not afraid to differ from the establishment."

Basson published several books on the past 60 years of South Africa's political history.

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